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Friday, July 16, 2010

Appealing Proposal by Jambrea Jo Jones

Appealing Proposal by Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

Attorney Becca Scott doesn’t have time for a relationship. She’s worked hard to prove herself to the old boys’ club and now it’s her time to shine. She certainly doesn’t have time for the tempting Samson Roust. He’s totally lickable, but sex with the boss is never a good idea—unless you draw up a contract to protect yourself. At least, it seems like a great idea to Becca.

Samson, however, knows his passion can’t be contained by a silly document. He lures Becca to his house for a meeting and the case of Scott vs. Roust gets some much-needed deep probing of the sexual kind.

Now Becca must decide if she should close the case on love…or engage Samson in more intense negotiations.

Some rules were meant to be bent to the point of breaking. Other rules shouldn’t be fiddled with at all. When you’re at that cross roads, which one do you choose? For Becca Scott, the only solution is an Appealing Proposal.

This is my first foray into the world of Jambrea Jo Jones, but it won’t be the last. Even in this short little story, I felt transported to the law firm where Becca and Samson worked. The sexual tension in this story is palpable and so much fun to read.

There is a lot going on in a few pages. There are a lot of characters and at times it was a tad hard to keep them straight, but not enough to drag down the story. I also felt like there were a couple of sub-stories that couldn’t wait to be told and I certainly hope Ms. Jones tells us about Becca’s friends.

Becca is prim, proper and so buttoned-up, she squeaks. I had to give her props for her determination. She wanted to make something of herself in order to make her family proud. That kind of pressure is something many readers can relate to. I liked it. I also liked that she was so tidy and controlled that a little bit of tumult drove her berserk. I could relate to her need to control and contain things.

Samson was a great hero. Despite his overwhelming masculinity, he had cracks in his veneer. He wanted so much to be with Becca and I liked seeing his struggle to get with her. Nothing ever goes perfectly and that was one thing that struck me about this story—the imperfectness. Samson had doubts, had moments of fear, and it was realistic. Plus, he loved Becca, even when neither one of them could admit it. Very hot!

If you want a story that will stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read Appealing Proposal. I give this story 4 cherries.

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